Club calls for women to join motocross training day at Tabragalba

GIRLS: Five-time World Motocross Champion Jemma Wilson at a previous coaching day event. Photo: Supplied
GIRLS: Five-time World Motocross Champion Jemma Wilson at a previous coaching day event. Photo: Supplied

REGISTRATIONS are now open for the third Queensland Vintage Motocross Club’s annual Women’s Coaching Day at Tabragalba.

Event co-ordinator Julie Folley said spots were filling up quickly as more women were becoming interested in the historically male-oriented sport.

“The club’s male members ride bikes built before 1995 but we are encouraging women and children to become involved as well, so they are allowed to ride modern bikes,” she said.

“The Women’s Coaching Day is a popular event and we are expecting more than 50 women to attend.

“It’s all about getting together and having a good time – and we have people aged five to 70+ come along.”

Ms Folley said there would be six or seven coaches on hand for riders of all ages and skill levels.

Tara Gray won 13 Queensland championships and will be sharing her knowledge and expertise with female riders at Tabragalba.

Tara Gray won 13 Queensland championships and will be sharing her knowledge and expertise with female riders at Tabragalba.

“We again have five-time World Enduro Champion Jemma Wilson who will be taking the endurance course out in the bush,” she said.

“And also Tara Gray who holds 13 Queensland championships.”

Ms Folley said it was beneficial for women to have their own event. 

“A lot of clubs only have the option for women to ride with me – and that can be a bit daunting,” she said.

“A women-only coaching day is the best fun and it is a chance for the girls who might be a bit scared to ride with the men to enjoy a calmer, more comfortable training environment.

“They can learn to ride without feeling they are competing with men.”

Ms Folley said women taking part would need a bike and at least the necessary safety gear on the day.

“That would include a helmet, boots, jersey and pants,” she said.

“Any questions can be directed to our QVMX Women’s Coaching Day events page on Facebook or by email via our website.”